History & Culture

History & Culture

The Iron Lady of France

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Eiffel Tower is the backbone of Paris.  It is a permanent feature of the Paris skyline. The Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars was completed on March 31, 1889. It was the tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York, in 1930. Dr. Paramita tells us […]

Seductive Chocolate: A Befitting Food of the Gods

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe antiquity of chocolate may be traced back to nearly 4,000 years ago. The Cacao tree from which chocolate is derived is an evergreen tree growing naturally in the tropical wilderness of the Americas. Its seeds, the cocoa beans, are used to make cocoa mass, cocoa powder, and chocolate. Did you know that cocoa and chocolate – which perpetually exude an aura of mystery, […]

Summer Vacations: Then and Now

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira reminisces about summer vacations. Life in the past was simpler and uncluttered. The simple joys of yesteryears are passé. The concept of family outings has changed now. The tech-savvy generation, joy is just a flick of a button away, she opines, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Seeing summer vacations come around, every year makes […]

A Friendship Soured

Reading Time: 6 minutesHemashri recounts a painful, real-life experience, in a fictional voice, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Syamoli still wonders whether colleagues could ever be friends! She simply wishes this was true. Friendship with women seems to be a mismatch or maybe it is nature’s curse! Reeta was her dearest colleague. Shyamoli wanted Reeta […]

What Causes Human Misjudgement?

Reading Time: 3 minutesTanya tells us what causes human misjudgements, according to Charlie Munger, exclusively for Different Truths. Charlie Munger, the famous investor, and partner of Warren Buffet stated the following reasons for human misjudgement. Psychological denial: This is the situation we find people or ourselves in quite a lot. I think we need to learn how to embrace […]

Enchanting Bengali Wedding Rituals, Rites, and Banters

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us about the many rituals of Bengali wedding, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Twenty-six years ago I got hitched. However, I had neither the time nor energy to undergo a traditional ritualistic Bengali wedding. It was a simple court affair. Nevertheless, I love to attend Bengali wedding ceremonies which I […]

World Record Holder Anshu Jamsenpa, Queen of the Everest, the only Woman to Scale Mt. Everest Five Times

Reading Time: 6 minutesAnshu is a world record holder to have scaled Mt. Everest five times. The first Indian woman, she is rightly called the ‘Queen of the Everest’. She is also an acclaimed actress and celebrated model. Lovita profiles the young achiever, on the first anniversary of record holding feat, exclusively for Different Truths. Tsering Wange exchanged […]

Religious Fervor and Symbolism of Weddings in Andhra Pradesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us about weddings in Andhra Pradesh, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Nearly four years ago, along with my family, I had flown down to Hyderabad to attend…yes you have guessed right … a typical traditional elaborate Telugu (read Brahmin) wedding. And trust me it was an eye opener, an experience […]

Dalits Uprooted: Houses Burnt Forcibly by SDM Karchana

Reading Time: 2 minutesSDM Karchana Kuldev Singh clandestinely uprooted and broke into the hutments with JCB machines and set fire to the 40-year-old houses of 19 Dalit landless labourers in Kaundhiyara yesterday. AIKMS Allahabad President, Comrade Ram Kailash tried to reason with the SDM, explaining to him the facts, but he refused to listen to reason. A report, […]

Capt. Devika: An Officer and a Lady, who Personified Courage

Reading Time: 5 minutesMaj. Gen. Raj recounts the true story of a brave lady doctor, Capt. Devika Gupta, and how she risked her life and limbs to save a wounded soldier. An engrossing anecdote, for Different Truths.  A true-life war zone incident of a lady doctor of the Indian Army, her story of grit and Hippocrates Oath that doctors […]